Coc Ly Market
Coc Ly Market
4.5
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Coc Ly market where situated between stunning mountains by the Chay River. Every Tuesday morning, the people from the surrounding ethnic villages such as Flower H'mong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gather to sell and buy their products. Having explored the market, you will have a boat trip to Flower H'mong village of Na Nen then trek to Trung Do village of Tay minority people. Enjoy the picnic lunch in local house with Tay people. From there you can travel by boat down the river and experience the magnificent sight of the beautiful river banks.
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TT
Sydney, Australia58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a livestock market as well as for general goods and local crafts. I avoided the livestock trade and went directly to the general market area further up the hill.
This section of the market is photographer’s delight and the women’s costumes are so joyful and colourful.
Whenever I asked if I could take their photo, the sellers at the market would respond quizzically “why would you want to?…but sure, okay, go ahead”.
The people at this market are super friendly, and unspoiled by tourism. If you want to encounter local folk who smile at strangers and don’t sell wares at rip off prices (like the shops do in SAPA) then you must visit here.
Written 19 April 2024
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,800 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Coc Ly Tuesday market is very colorful and much more authentic then the bigger market in Bac Ha and especially more so then the whole Sapa setting, even if also here tourists start coming in more and more. the buffalo fair with hundreds of buffalos to be traded is amazing.
Written 3 December 2019
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Getaway42210480924
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The coc ly markets were interesting with a lot of locals wearing traditional dress and a lot of stalls selling these clothes, but not worth the long drive and cost of the tour. There are a lot of tourists there so is becoming more commercial. We were told they would be selling animals and all sorts of things but was just clothes, toiletries and the standard handmade crafts. Was ok but not worth 5 hrs of driving.
Written 26 November 2018
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Michael P
Hoang Su Phi, Vietnam6,989 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
Coc Ly is a tiny village located approximately 18 kilometers west of Bac Ha town, which is roughly a two and a half to three hour drive from Sapa. Inhabited primarily by Flower Hmong people, the village hosts a market every Tuesday morning. Although the market is roughly half the size of either Bac Ha or Can Cau markets, it is very popular with tourists who visit as part of organized tour groups from Bac Ha, Lao Cai or Sapa. One of the main reasons for visiting this market is the stunning scenery of the surrounding area. The 40 minute drive from Bac Ha, up a narrow, winding country road, is simply spectacular.

Unfortunately, there are no buses or mini-buses running to Coc Ly. Transportation options are limited to participating in a group tour, hiring a car, renting a motorbike or taking a taxi from Bac Ha town.
Written 9 August 2017
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Katherine S
Washington DC, DC248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This market is very un-touristy, but it does sell goods for tourists in addition to actual things the villagers need (tools, herbal medicine, toys, buffalo, goat, meat, food). This market is also a place where the men like to hang out and drink (while the women buy and sell). You can get horse-soup....if you are in to that.

I thought it was fun to see, but not a "must-see" because it is far away from Sa Pa.
Written 18 May 2017
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504
New York City, NY342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Traveling back in time is that what this market is. It's unlikely, you"ll actually buy anything there but it sure is fun to see! It's a true local market, not for tourists (unless you are in the market for a water buffalo).
Written 9 February 2016
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Sue H
Nottingham, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
Very intriguing place; hairdressing, raw meat stalls (pigs heads/offal included), usual tourist stuff, tribal costumes, lots of food & cattle (horses, buffalo, goats, oxen etc.) Various Hmong tribes people including Flower, Tu Di, Tay & Giay Hmong ladies doing their shopping etc. A little different to the usual market days us British usually attend!
Written 14 January 2016
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Tours S
Hanoi, Vietnam4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Business
The market is divided into private space. People put all the good covering their culture and custom such as: some kinds of fruit, herb, jew’s ear mushroom, honey, corn wine, rice, household items, jewelry, colorful and interesting brocatelle at one area and put on nylon piece on the ground.
However, the most impressive area is the place where they are selling and buying cattle such as: buffalo, cow, pig, chicken, dog, cat and horse. The atmosphere is so crowded and noisy with the scene of people are sitting or standing to talk, discuss and persuade and bargain with each other. Next to this area is food area, presenting the specialty and famous dishes from ethnic minority people. It is as crowded as other corners. Mixing with the fog and mist from hot dishes is a lot of sounds such as talking, shouting, dishes beating. Tourist cannot miss this interesting scene, they will stay a bit, take a look and come to enjoy some of dishes with ethnic minority people.
Written 10 December 2015
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Tracey and Mart... B
Sydney, Australia146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015
A good trip to see the local ethnic minorities in their outfits however it is a three hour drive from Sapa. We did a trek the following day which was a much better opportunity to speak to the locals and not so far. If you have time do both but , do it but if not go for the trek instead
Written 26 September 2015
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jane t
Wanniassa, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
We were picked at Lao Cai (after overnight train trip from Hanoi) by our friendly tour guide Anh Tuan from Buffalo Tours. The tour included a trip to the Coc Ly markets - our guide provided informative commentary along the way as we enjoyed the amazing scenery. The tour also included lunch at a local restaurant which was very nice.
While Anh Tuan (our tour guide) was great on this tour he went above and beyond the call of duty a few days later when we had another tour booked. As it turned out I became very ill and dehydrated due to a bad bout of diarrhoea - he made sure we got to the hospital promptly and stayed with us for the remainder of the day - helping us to communicate with doctors and then made sure we got to the train on time for out return trip to Hanoi. A wonderful young man!
Written 6 August 2015
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